Grace McHugh and Morgan Means
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood that causes a person to be less able to fight off infections.
Leukemia is caused when the DNA of immature white blood cells becomes damaged. As more and more of the damaged cells are produced in the bone marrow, there is less and less space for the healthy cells.
Symptoms of leukemia include poor blood clotting ability,a decrease in ability to fight off disease and infection, anemia, and several others. Some sufferers experience flu-like symptoms and headaches.
If a doctor suspects leukemia, they may research your family history, check for an enlarged liver or spleen, do a complete blood count, or do a bone marrow biopsy.
More than 310,000 Americans are living with leukemia right now.
There is no known way to prevent the onset of leukemia.
Complications of leukemia include many different infections, blood problems, and impaired bodily functions.
Treatment of any form of leukemia include three stages: induction therapy to include remission, consolidation therapy to kill any remaining leukemia cells that don't show up in tests, and maintenance therapy to prevent the cancerous cells from growing again.
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